All posts by Jim Guckin
Back to work: Security Thoughts to Have
In fact, with so many people returning to the office and potentially accessing sensitive information on your organization’s network, it’s more important than ever to ensure that proper security measures are in place. Either fully remote or fully in-the-office work can be thought of as a “fortress” approach to security, with the primary point of access being through the employee’s personal or organizational computer.
Be Yourself to get that job
One of the pieces of advice that I’ve given to those looking for an information security job, has been to be yourself and stand out, but what does that mean? Well, let me start with a story of my first date with my wife and how I try to embody that thought. When I first…
With this being the first work day of a new year, most people start thinking about how to better themselves.
How to protect yourself from email scams
What to look for (or what I look at), to avoid an email scam during this holiday season…or really any season.
Q&A Monday: What is CVSS?
Question: I am a recent graduate, who just got a job working in IT at a company. During a meeting today, someone mentioned a CVSS score on a system that needed to be patched. I was afraid to ask during the meeting, but what is CVSS? Kenneth M. PonceWashington DC Answer: Before I get to…
Rise of the BISO and what it says about IT Security
I have to admit, until very recently, I have never heard of a BISO (Business Information Security Officer), and the first time I came across this title, I was a little confused. I at first thought that it had something to do with physical security or maybe keeping business’ financially secure…and I was wrong. If…
Q&A Monday: To Anti-Virus or Not to Anti-Virus, that is the question!
Question: I will be in the process of renewing my AntiVirus software at the end of this month, I’m currently using Norton, should I stay with them or should I go to another software company for my AntiVirus? Marcela NowickiCanyonville, OR Answer: I love this question, for the fact that no matter how I answer…
Leaders Fix Processes They Don’t Blame Employees
I’ve talked several times about learning the lessons from every leader that I’ve ever had, good or bad. I was recently talking with a mentee, and they had an issue at their work and their boss berated the entire staff for making a mistake that brought a system down. From the description of the incident,…
Mentor your staff
I think an often overlooked part of leadership for many people on every level, is mentorship. In my career, I’ve had no mentors, indirect mentors, and only one real mentor. Yet from every boss that I have ever had, I have learned something from them, sometimes positively, other times not so much. Yet, I do…
Auditing Standard: A Starting Line not a Finish Line
In one of the many groups I belong to, someone had asked how much do standards really help a company. My answer, as much as I wanted to be, wasn’t straight-forward. I uttered a, “It depends…” I went on to explain the same thing I will here, the nuances of my thoughts.